out from nowhere!
By: Ramia Thomas
Loakauth better known as SpeedChild, was born
in India but grew up in the Caribbean. This
young adult has used his hardships and experiences
to create a sound that music has surely been
missing. However, it’s his outlook on
the current state of the hip hop industry
that makes him even more intriguing. Although
he is a lot younger than many of his hip hop
reggae counterparts, he exudes a wisdom and
depth far beyond his years. His first major
recorded album, ‘Born To Losers Made
Me A Winner’ is slated to drop in 2010,
and will demonstrate how the young adult has
turned his life filled with pain into something
beautiful and worthwhile. Speed Child entered
the music scene almost four years ago, when
a few friends of his were doing street team
promotion work for an artiste, and told him
it was a great way to make some extra money.
After doing promo for the artiste for close
to a month, SpeedChild realized that, as hard
as he was working to promote and push another
artiste, he could be doing the same for himself
as he also ‘had a story to tell’.
He has since then consistently released a
mixtape every year and doesn’t intend
to slow down anytime soon.
“I basically abandoned my parents in
1999 because they were very racist and didn’t
like anyone who wasn’t Indian. They
were so unlike myself that I couldn’t
stay around them, so I left. We have totally
lost touch since then. I arrived in New York
in 2000 where I’ve been focusing on
music since then. I’m really glad I
had made the decision that I was not going
to grow up like them,” said Speed Child.
upcoming album, ‘Born To Losers Made
Me A Winner,’ will feature established
artistes such as: Wu Tang affiliates Shabaz
the Disciple and Bounty Killer. In addition,
he will also be releasing a book that will
tell his life story.
“I don’t view hip hop as being
about the bling. To me, the originators had
it right by using rap to tell stories about
the world, the issues around which affect
the society, and their personal stories. Hip
hop is freedom. It’s more than a culture.
It’s everything! Back in the day, the
originators were doing it because they had
something to say. The artistes these days
have become slaves to the label. Rapping about
what their label tell them to, not what they
wanna rap about. Hip hop doesn’t have
to be cars, cash and girls. When I look at
rappers now, I just see a fad. For instance,
why would you wanna jump on a Lil Wayne or
Jay Z beat? Do you have no creative juice
in you? More people need to start coming up
with their own style,” said SpeedChild.
SpeedChild uses his creativity to fuse hip
hop and reggae to share his story with the
multitudes. His outlook of the hip hop industry
is one of a man with twice his experience,
and he’s all about business and not
the bling, to this day.